Mary Allison was born on April 6, 1915 near Twin Falls, Idaho to Arthur and Ada Reams. She learned the value of hard work early on as she helped on the family farm daily and experienced the years of the Great Depression in her teens.
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She graduated from Twin Falls High School and attended Utah State University to become a teacher. Her first job was in Hartline, WA. It was there that she met Robert Allison. They married in 1941. After a few years they settled in Connell, WA. They raised their two sons, and remained there throughout their married life.
Mary had many talents and interests. She enjoyed sewing cooking collecting recipes, gardening, flower arranging, wheat weaving, painting and playing cards. She like to watch sporting events, musical productions and plays, as well as participate in church activities and Bible Studies. She was an active member of the Connell United Methodist Church. Traveling was one of her loves as well. She and Bob took many wonderful trips to various parts of the world, usually accompanied by friends. They enjoyed winters in their motor home in Arizona.
Mary moved to Kennewick, WA in 2004 then to Sedro-Woolley, WA in 2006. She experienced her true "Independence Day" as she passed away peacefully on July 4, 2009 at the age of 94. She had an infectious enthusiasm for life that will be fondly remembered by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, son Wlliam "Bill" and two brothers, Warren and Read.
Mary is survived by her son, Robert Allison, Jr. of Pasco, WA, three granddaughters, Tracy Allison Zuver and her husband Wade Zuver of Hillsboro, OR, Lori Allison of Portland, OR and Amy Allison of Portland, OR, two great-grandchildren, Connor and Hayley Zuver of Hillsboro, OR, daughter-in-law Theresa Chance of Manzanita, OR, sister Frances McArthur of Buhl, ID, niece Gail Laughlin of Buhl, ID niece Nadine Adams of Twin Falls , ID and by adopted family Allen and Lisa Sorestad of Sedro-Woolley, WA.
Special thanks to Chris and the staff at Cornerstone, especially Candy, for giving of extra time and attention to Mary and to the Skagit Hospice staff for the great care.
There will be a service celebrating Mary's life on August 1, 2009 at 1:00 at the Connell United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 E. College Way, Mount Vernon
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 18, 2009